OVER 19 tons of cocaine and marijuana worth almost £300 million has been seized at sea.
The huge haul of class As was made in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after ten Coastguard Crews worked with “international allies” to intercept illegal drug-running rings in international waters.
The drugs were seized in international waters in the Caribbean Basin and the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Mexico.
The cocaine alone was worth $367 million (£285 million) on the street, while the cannabis was worth $10 million (£7.7 million).
Narcos gangs use the seas to ship large amounts of illegal drugs, favouring submarine-style boats as they’re virtually undetectable on radar, sonar and infrared systems.
The high seas is prey to specialist machines devised by Colombian gangs to smuggle cocaine, heroin, cannabis and methamphetamine to American buyers.
The first incognito vessel was detected in 1993.
It was built from wood and fiberglass, but could not fully submerge and only travelled at 10 miles per hour.
In a statement, Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman, Seventh Coast Guard District public affairs officer said: “The offload of over 13 tons of drugs represents the efforts of not only 10 Coast Guard cutters over 18 separate interdictions, but also the commitment and dedication of international allies and partners, like the Colombians.
“As we work together to disrupt the networks that profit from their them.”
The haul was seized in international waters[/caption]
The Coastguard said it was the result of working closely with allies[/caption]
Officials on the scene[/caption]
Officials seized cocaine and marijuana[/caption]
The mega haul was the result of 14 different operations[/caption]
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